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tiny bits of debris for clues and evidence. >> as president obama has said, the fbi is investigating this as an act of terrorism and the full force of the federal government will support the response and the investigation. >> investigators now believe the explosives were packed into pressure cookers. these nangle pieces of metal are all that remain. inse parts have been used homemade bombs by extremist groups before. they also recovered a circuit board, which is being examined, and a backpack, which was being used to hide the devices. we now know that three people died. two young women and an 8-year- old boy. others have terrible wounds. vigils have been held again across the city this evening. it is a city still bewildered by what happened these two were in the crowd when the bomb went off. moments later, he called his mom saying, i've been hurt, really bad. boththers both frost -- lost a leg. -- the brothers both lost a leg. >> one will cry and then the other one will. it is heartbreaking. victims have been identified. krystle campbell was one of those killed. her mother paid tribu
these attacks or why. the white house has just announced that president obama will travel to boston for an interstate service on thursday. laura joins us from a city still in shock. >> yes, cathy, a very somber city. as you just heard in the update from fbi officials in boston, someone knows who did this. they said they are appealing to the public for clues. we also have an update on the forensic examination of the site where the bomb went off. it seems the bomb was contained in a pressure cooker and carried in a black nylon backpack. at the moment, no more questions have been answered. my colleague has this report. >> runners were struggling to the finish line, their families watching, at cheering. then the unthinkable. cheers became screams. a moment of celebration and triumphed shattered. on the streets of boston, sights and sounds more familiar in countries at war. pavement spattered in blood as two bomb blasts claimed their victims. it was the cruelest of moments. >> i saw a trash can explode. people started throwing down the barricade and running over each other. i ran in the
, the fbi says a letter sent to president barack obama has tested positive for the deadly poison ricin. >> the letter was intercepted tuesday at a mail screening facility. american media say that the letter sent to obama and another letter sent to roger wicker were both postmarked memphis, tennessee. additional tests are due in the next 48 hours to confirm the presence of the toxin. >> our washington correspondent is following this for us. any idea as to who might be behind this? >> oh -- we do not have a suspect yet, but there was a signature on the letters. the letters included the phrase "to see a wrong and not to expose it is to become to -- a silence -- is to become a silent partner to it." president obama said, "i am president obama and i approve this message." this is someone who wants to get attention. it is important to note that both are getting letters right now, republicans and democrats. that says to me this is someone who really hates government. the u.s. -- in the u.s., antigovernment extremists have a fascination with ricin in the past. you can easily buy manuals on how
is preparing for the arrival of president obama who will attend an interfaith service tomorrow and preparing for what many know will be a long, difficult journey to recovery. in boston, vows of resolve today amid emotions that are still raw. a relieved 20-year-old sarah gerard left the hospital with her leg in a cast. >> i have a fractured shin bone and a fractured heel bone from the shrapnel that hit it. >> reporter: for liz norden, there is no relief. her two sons, paul and jp, each lost a leg and were burned. >> i'm waiting to wake up from this nightmare. i'm hoping it's not real. >> reporter: even secretary of state john kerry, massachusetts senator for 28 years, struggled as he testified before congress. >> you know, boston is not going to be intimidated by this. but we are going to find out who did this. >> reporter: boston is a city still on edge. a bomb scare forced the evacuation of the federal courthouse. and it is a city in mourning. boston university student lingzi lu identified as the third victim of the bombing. the 23-year-old graduate student from china was watching the marat
that. i refuse to do it! >> president obama has been receiving briefings especially over night on this incident. however, he will come to boston tomorrow for an interfaith prayer service scheduled for tomorrow morning. reporting live in boston. i am emily schmidt n. >> a bay area boy was at the site of the marathon is scheduled to undergo another surgery today. he was wounded in the blast. 11 year-old asron hern of cortines, was along the raise route, cheering on his mother at the time of the explosion. his grandmother is shocked at what has happened to her grandson. >> it is heartbreaking that you have to go places and not be comfortable that we're going to be safe. we're trying to make the best of it and put our faith in our government. i hope president obama will take care of this. >> he is a bright, happy, very athletic. he plays football, baseball, basketball. he does really very well in school. >> aaron is in stable condition although he is in the intensive care unit. the family will stand boston for least another weekeries. >> teachers and students at his school are look
you fear and change the way you live. i refuse to do that. >> president obama will be coming from washington to boston tomorrow participate in a prayer vigil. >> a picture that was sent in to aid to the aged in boston and showing what appears to be the second bomb on the sidewalk. right before it exploded. this is the one that one off 10 seconds and about a hundred yards down the course of the first bomb. it has not been released by authorities as to whether or not this second bomb was a pressure cooker device little with ball bearings and nails. we've heard from our cnn affiliate's that the pressure cooker lead on the first bomb has now been found on our roof of a building adjacent to where it exploded. this appears to show the second bomb right before it exploded. >> the bay area boy meanwhile was wounded in the blast is scheduled to go surgery today. 11 year-old aaron turnhern of martina's was near the finish line cheering on his mother who was running in the race when he caught he was caught in one of the blast. he is in stable condition in intensive care unit. back in the bay
as questions mount about the attack of the boston marathon. >> as president obama said today, there is still much to investigate. let's take a look now at the latest pictures we have of the forensic evidence being recovered from the scene of the explosion there at the finish line of the boston marathon, just a few minutes away from where i'm standing and talking to you. you can see officer's going through debris, looking for a crucial clue. they are going to take everything they can to quantico, va., and try to reassemble the devices that were used. we understand that they were pressure cooker devices that may have been carried in black nylon backpack. we have considered the scale of the task ahead of the american officials trying to figure out who is behind us. bombing will reverberate in washington. not only in the flags at half mast and the need for tightened security, but as a challenge to a president visibly frustrated by how little is known. >> we do not know if this was done by an individual or individuals. we do not have a sense of motive. >> he did call this an act of terrorism, a l
. >>> and time now for a look ahead for you. tonight president obama once again has dinner with lawmakers, this time with 12 democratic senators. the white house says the president is building support for his proposals on the budget, guns and immigration. >>> and in illinois, a funeral will be held for a u.s. diplomat killed in afghanistan. 25-year-old anne smedinghoff died in a suicide bomb april 6th. >>> natalie morales is live in boston after the deadly marathon attack. and more of savannah's exclusive interview with president obama. keep it on this channel for more news, weather and sports. i'm richard lui. thanks for watching "early today" just your first stop of the day on your nbc station. have a good one. >>> she with was all smiles. couldn't have had a better daughter. >> as police continue to search for answers, we're learning new details this morning about the three people who died in the bombings in boston. we'll bring you the latest next. >> plus, we'll update you on the condition of the young martinez b boy. >>> outage affecting all of south santa clara county. when things c
the boston marathon? like, are you angry at, you know, not enough people follow michelle obama's gitelines for dieting? i have no clue. hard to make sense. >> i think it makes sense. i think it does make sense because it's a soft target, high profile, internationally known, and it's a soft target. you hit a soft target, and you do the same thing anywhere around this country, 10 we're all at risk, and that is the message of this bombing. >> but, stu, if you wanted to highlight, get the world's attention, blow up the bombs when the elite runners crossed, when the size of the crowd of observers was at the height, when the international media was zoomed in, but waiting an hour and a half, it was the size of the runner's crowd at the height. many of the race fans, if you will, went off. it was just family members and friends there. it's a different attack. i -- i'm very afraid that we're going to find out this was an idiot bombing with the mark david attack on john len non, a nut with something to prove. obviously, the horror is the horror no matter what, but if it's an international narrative,
this morning. president obama, we learned, will travel to boston tomorrow. he will attend an interfaith service for the victims of the bombings and their families. for more on the president's plans and his visit to massachusetts, let's go to white house and our white house correspondent brianna keilar. good morning. >> reporter: president obama, we learned yesterday, will travel to boston tomorrow for this interfaith memorial service dedicated to those who were injured or killed in the boston bombings. this will be at the cathedral of the holy cross in boston. president obama, no doubt, preparing for what will be an emotional event. he will be striking a tone as consoler and chief, something we have seen at the white house. we heard him yesterday talking about the people who ran the marathon in boston, after the bombings still went to hospitals to give blood. he will talk about this tragedy and also talk about how this sort of has brought out the best of some of the folks in boston. he is also the commander in chief, that means the investigation of the boston bombings stops with him. he address
. president obama pay tribute to the way that she made them in his words, had shown britain out to be -- is the politician, the policies that are being commemorated here very much so. the policies, the controversies for many years to come as all political policies or. but know what i think will forget the woman who was single-minded determination won three elections in rows and impose her will on this country for over a decade. from the st. paul's cathedral, good afternoon. >> finishing up our coverage of the funeral for former british prime ministers margaret thatcher, courtesy of the bbc. the ceremony concluded. prime minister thatcher's coffin will be taken to the one hospital chelsea for private cremation later today. if you missed any of our coverage of the services you can watch it in its entirety in the c-span video library. go to c-span.org. we will re-air the funeral this coming sunday at 9 p.m. eastern. this reminder that british prime minister's question time will resume next week. you can see that light starting at 7 a.m. eastern right here on c-span2. the u.s. senat
. this is the "washington times" this morning. so president obama is headed to boston tomorrow. the washington post has this -- athens, ohio, ain democrat. caller: the situation in boston is really horrific and the people who did it clearly need to be brought to justice. msnbc i heard someone talking about who we are as a people and he gave amazing examples of nurses and other citizens who came to the aid of the injured and those killed in the situation. he w spoke ho we are not. he said we are not people who maim people. clearly that the case in the u.s. but when we look at ourselves -- and i've not making any excuses for this type of horrific behavior, but we have to reflect upon our own behavior overseas.ou peoplenes, the innocent who have died in iraq because unnecessary war. i'm not saying the people in boston are tied to this, but they could be. we do bomb and maim innocent people. i'm not saying this is the case, that this is retaliation, but it is possible. we need to look at our own do overseas aswe well as who did this, and they need to be brought to justice, but so do we. host: mike in mass
the range of suspects and motives remains wide open. president obama travels to boston tomorrow for a memorial service. >>> and ahead of that service, the three victims killed in the blast being remembered this morning. abc's terry moran continues our coverage. >> reporter: a candlelight vigil in the tight-knit neighborhood of dorchester for one of their own, a beautiful gap-toothed 8-year-old boy named martin richard, killed at the finish line of the marathon just after getting some ice cream. there is so much love here. >> we're here for support and love. that's what we do. >> reporter: they are dorchester strong, and they came out for martin and for his family who are suffering so much. here a family facebook photo, his mother denise recovering now from severe head injuries, his 6-year-old sister jane who lost a leg, his brother henry and his father bill. what does this do for you to be here? >> if it happened to my family, i know they'd be here for me. >> respect. it's terrible, it's awful, especially for the mother and the daughter. it's awful. >> reporter: neighbors droppe
a suspect at this point. yesterday president obama was direct in his characterization of the bombings. >> this was a heinous and cowardly act. and given what we now know about what took place, the fbi is investigating it as an act of terrorism. any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror. we also know this, the american people refuse to be terrorized. because what the world saw yesterday in the aftermath of the explosions were stories of heroism and kindness and generosity and love. exhausted runners who kept running to the nearest hospital to give blood and those who stayed to attend to the wounded, some tearing off their own clothes to make tubandages, the men and women were still treating the wounded at some of the best hospitals in the world. so if you want to know who we are, what america is, how we respond to evil, that's it. selflessly, compassionately, unafraid. >> the death toll is at three with 170 people injured, 71 of them still hospitalized. joining us now from boston, chris jansing. this morning we're now learning more about those three p
meantime president obama will be traveling to boston tomorrow. massachusetts governor deval patrick says the president will attend an interfaith service dedicated to those that were injured or killed. we understand the president will speak at that service. he has canceled plans to visit the university of kansas on friday. bill: also major league baseball paying tribute to the people of boston. baseball runs through this entire town and fans of the red sox. there was a moment of silence before the city's beloved red sox were playing a game in cleveland against the indians. >> please join us now in a moment of silence. bill: also the horror near the marathon's finish line, fresh on the players minds. the red sox had already boarded bosses for the airport on monday afternoon when they learned of the bombings. after the 7-1 wins, red sox posing with a banner of boston's b logo and one word that says it all, strong, as in be strong. indeed they are. cities around the country paying tribute to people of boston in their own ways which we will share with you in a moment as we continue to cover n
today. the associated press reports that president obama asked former secretaries of state to lead the delegation to the funeral, which c-span covered earlier this morning. go to our website if you are interested in that. the white house said other delegation members would be from the u.s. embassy and the former u.s. ambassador to the united kingdom, and house speaker boehner announced he was sending three republicans. lincoln, nebraska, democratic color. make it quick. we are running out of time. caller: i promise. under prime minister cameron, you guys are in a triple dip recession. , there used to be 14% growth a few years ago. they are now 7.7%. that is still a lot better than what is going on, and that does tie in with former prime minister thatcher. thank you. guest: that is being pointed at as a mistake of fiscal tightening. there are echoes of thatcherism. the british government would say written has a gigantic financial sector. when this government came to power, it was running eight percent deficits, some of the highest in europe. at some point, international debt markets
university grad student. and president obama will come here tomorrow. he'll speak at an interfaith service dedicated to those killed and injured. anne-marie? >> susan mcginnis in boston. thank you, susan. >>> well, earlier i spoke with cnn correspondent john miller. he's also a former assistant fbi director and he says the bombs were simple but deadly. >> what we're learning is that both devices, the one in front of the runner's shop and the lenscrafters, the one in front of the starbucks were pressure cooker devices contained in black nylon bags or more likely backpacks, and the way the pressure cooker works is you put your explosives inside. it's a good device. for high explosives you can use smokeless powder or pyro techs, smokeless powder and you have your timer, your initiator, and when it's supposed to detonate. it detonates inside and then the pressure of the explosion builds up within the pressure cooker until it breaks. so what the pressure cooker does is it contains that explosive energy till it can't anymore, and then it in and of itself becomes shrapnel and lets that explosive
boston marathon. president obama says those responsible will feel the full weight of justice. the fbi is taking charge of the criminal investigation. right now they say there is no motive and no one is in custody. meanwhile back in the bay area, security and law enforcement officials are stepping up patrols from the airports to public transportation. if you are out about today in the bay area expectancy added police officers everywhere. >> 7:42 a.m. and we will continue with the coverage of the boston marathon attacks. you're looking at a live shot there. back in the bay area and around the world because of happened in boston because of the we have the bay to breakers this weekend, the london marathon and there were several events that were canceled. we will be back with continued coverage and a couple of minutes. >> welcome back where tracking hot spots at the peninsula as well as the bay bridge. don't take 1 01 southbound of that as your normal route, she once spent an extra 10 to 50 minutes getting through the back up leading southbound. take a look at the problem, is video courtes
: but south carolina republican lindsey graham said the measures being touted by president obama and most democrats would do little to reduce gun violence. >> the president wanted three things done. he wanted to ban assault weapons. he wanted to limit magazine sizes. and he wanted to impose a universal background check. well all three of those concepts are going to be on the floor of the united states senate for a vote, and they're all going to lose. why? because they're not the solution to the problem we all face. >> on this vote the yeas are 54, the nays are 46. >> reporter: in the end, as vice president biden presided, the background check amendment failed to clear the 60-vote threshold needed to pass. the concealed firearm measure and the ban on assault weapons. also failed. but late in the day, senate democrats-- joined by family members of victims of gun violence-- pledged to keep up the fight. >> i want everyone to understand this is just the beginning not the end. the forces so obsessed with defeating any commonsense reforms whatsoever, they lost site of big picture. >> reporter:
, a backpack was left on the ground, and the suspect walked away. president barack obama will travel to boston on thursday for a service to remember the victims. he says this was an act of terror but americans cannot be terrorized. >> what we don't yet know is who carried out this attack or by, whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization foreign terrorist ofanizationor was the act a malevolent individual. >> the fbi is asking people in the boston area if they have seen or heard anything suspicious in the last few days. but he may be closer to home although this is a global inquiry. >> hundreds of people have gathered in boston, hold a vigil for the. victims of the the they met on boston common and sang songs and wrote messages. there was a heavy military presence at the vigil with dozens of members of the national guard. u.s. cities across the have been on high alert. officers have been on patrol outside the white house. all the victims of the attack, a flag on top the white house was to half mast on tuesday morning. coming up in the program, while aid workers in aleppo, sy
with this individual who they have on video. kelly. >> scott, we'll leave it there for now. we know president obama is visiting the area. >>> in the meantime, commodity prices are selling off. the sell-off i should say continues. it's mostly copper today, though. and we are certainly off the lows. in fact, something of a rebound shaping up now with gold up better than 1%. crude participating, as well. brent and nymex there both remaining below if you want to call them key psychological levels of $109 a barrel respectively. we've seen miners down significantly in some cases this morning. coming off the lows of the session. how do you play the commodities space? what other opportunities might the u.s. offer in particular here? darren joins me from yorkville capital. welcome. you're here to talk infrastructure, but the conference is about infrastructure, but what you're talking about, really, are some of the opportunities that the u.s. now offers, given a lot of the big changes we've recently seen when it comes to shale gas. >> absolutely. i will start out with two questions for you today. what's the
's platform for economic growth stand out from countries all around the world. president obama's 100,000 strong in the americas initiative will create even more opportunity for students over the course of the next years. finally, we know we have a responsibility to continue to address our security challenges. tore going to continue affect close security cooperation, respect for human and civil rights. we understand those are deeply enshrined in both u.s. and mexican constitutions. at citizen security is critical to e ople of both of our countries. it's really good to welcome you here to washington. i look forward to our conversation. i know president obama is very much looking forward to his trip to mexico in may and meeting with the president. there we will be able to solidify some of the things we're talking about today. welcome to washington. thank you for the extraordinary partnership that we share. >> thank you, sir. good morning, ladies and gentlemen. allow me to express once again the solidarity of the people and government of mexico with united states, with the horrific incid
. >> how could you? >> how do you recover? >> president obama will be in boston tomorrow to help there. vigils of course going all over, a vigil, last night in boston common not far from the bombing scene. >> that's right. two vigils one was for martin, the 8-year-old. another one that was for everybody who was hurt, who was killed, who was there, who just need to come together and be part of a community in moments like this. understandably they wanted to support each other. in times like this that's what is needed. >> harvard, boston university planning vigils. >> there will be more, i am sure. >>> all right, as the search for clues continues in boston, diane sawyer sat down with one man who knows all too well what it feels look to lead a city under attack. former new york city mayor rudy giuliani said we still don't know how much evidence was caught on camera. >> they have a lot of surveillance cameras in boston. more than new york. less than london. you have very much focused on event with the lives of people. professional cameras, amateur cameras. it may be that some person photogr
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. >> thanks, john. >>> president obama called the attack cowardly and says investigators will uncover whoever is responsible. he will attend an interfaith service for the victims, it is being held in a cathedral less than a mile from monday's bombings. the president is expected to speak. >> condoleezza rice was secretary of state under george w. bush and served as national security advisor. thank you for joining us secretary rice. let me ask you about this. this is the first bomb attack on u.s. soil since 9/11. what is going on inside the white house. you have been there at a time like this trying to figure things out. >> yes. first let me add my voice, the condolence to the victims and their families prayers for the full recovery of those who remain. obviously in the white house, these are the most difficult of days, the president has to be at once the comforter of the country, the person who pulls the country together in difficult circumstances, the white house will be very focused on preventing the next attack. and indeed the kind of clues that john miller w
this happened. >> reporter: the third person killed was a boston university grad student. president obama arrives here tomorrow morning. these type of pressure cookers bombs are popular with terrorists in pakistan, afghanistan and india and used in the attempted bombing in times square in 2010. susan mcginnis, back to you. >> we know it's going to take a long time to go through all the video and those thousands of photos that people sent in. the fbi says of course someone knows who did this. are they any closer to finding a suspect? >> reporter: as far as suspects, there was a saudi man who was being looked as a -- as -- as recently as yesterday and there was a search warrant that brought things out of his apartment, several bags taken out. he has since been cleared. they say he has been fully cooperative. he was simply there as a spectator to see the at the end of the race. he is not a suspect and never was. he was simply a witness to the crime. >> how about the mood in boston? i know, day one is awfully tough. we have a couple of days now. are things starting to get back to normal a lit
't running they wouldn't have been hurt. >> president obama is vowing those responsible for the bombing will feel the full weight of justice. and the commander-in-chief promised all federal resources at hand. >> i have also spoken with governor patrick and mayor menino and made it clear they have every single federal resource necessary to care for victims and counsel the families. an that all americans stand with the people of boston. >> the white house says the attack is being treated as an act of terrorism. >> in washington, lawmakers observed a moment of silence. moments after getting word about the boston explosions at the capitol, flags low lowered to half staff. house speaker boehner, said while this is a terrible day the american spirit will help us carry on. our coverage of the terror at the boston marathon does not end here. later this half-hour, the banner headlines from the newspapers worldwide, covering the developing story. stay with us us abc news and abc news.com all day long. >> to other major headlines we are following this morning the a plan to reform the nation's immi
. we are -- >> we're hearing president obama set to visit boston tomorrow just to make everybody understand how big this is to the country. there will be an interfaith service when we gets here. we're tracking this entire story for you live in boston, looking at who was lost, but also the important steps toward finding who did this and why. let's bring in national correspondent susan candiotti joining us here in boston with the latest. susan? >> good morning, chris. because of these photos, we are now getting a close-up look at what a killer or killers used to kill and to maim innocent people. crime scene photos show part of what could be a pressure cooker used in the bombings. others show charred wire, attached to a battery. what appears to be a small circuit board. a half-inch nail. and a blood-stained zipper pull tab. another shows what looks like a massive ball bearing bb intended as deadly shrapnel. investigators are also combing through hundreds of photos from the scene, including this one, where a light-colored bag sits next to a mailbox. the before and after images captur
director. mr. obama said authorities still do not know if a terrorist organization or just a lone person committed the attack. >> the obamamerican people refud to be terrorized. what we saw in the aftermath were stories of heroism, kindness, generosity and wealth. the president ordered flags at the white house and other government buildings be flown at half staff. tonight he will meet with his cabinet members and the national security team plus other counter-terrorism advisers. >> 1 bomb used in the attack appears to have been placed inside of a metal pressure cooker hidden inside of a backpack. the bombs off of seconds apart near the finish line for hours into the race. hundreds of people gathered there to cheer on the runners. was killed in the explosion. his mother and sister were severely injured. nobody is in custody. investigators asking the public to give them any faldo or video taken at the scene. >> it is our intention to go through every frame of every video that we have to determine exactly who was in the area. we'll go to the ends of the earth to identify the subject or subje
. this is a quote from president barack obama, 2011 state of the union address. he says, to put us on solid ground we should also find a bipartisan solution to strengthen social security for future generations. i mention social security, mr. speaker, because the fair tax, that bill, h.r. 25, most widely co-sponsored bill in the u.s. house of representatives of fundamental tax reform, replaces income taxes and the payroll taxes, payroll taxes, that 15.3% comes out ofer american's paycheck in order to fund social security and medicare, it replaces both of those with this 23% sales tax. replaces all your income tax, payroll taxes with a sales tax. and so for the first time, mr. speaker, we would begin to link the size of the social security trust fund not with wages in this country but with the size of the economy in this country. so when we double the size of the economy, we double the contributions to the social security trust fund, we protect social security for future generations. mr. speaker, a poll three years ago now, they asked college age students, do you believe in u.f.o.'s? folks said yes,
. they're going by president obama's play book. when the sequester cuts came in he said the sky will fall. the effects will be absolutely terrible. now the left is trying to back him up. >>gretchen: except it was his idea originally and many people believe he did have the authority if he wanted to to alter some of those cuts and put them in different areas. >>steve: two pennies on the dollar. if they put public safety, you know, at bay for two pennies on the dollar, that is terrible. >> are you trying to tell me we cut two cents on the dollar? actually it's $45 billion worth of cuts this calendar year. that's it. that's very little. are you trying to tell me that those kind of cuts impede our capability to gather intelligence before the boston event, that they affect the jobs markets, affects the overall economy in the last month? look, i'm sorry, i just don't buy it. i think it's reprehensible to politicize an event like this. >>gretchen: would be like on the other side if republicans said this maybe had happened because of president obama's foreign policy with regard to terrorism. that
live and listen to president obama address the nation. >> we do have new numbers on wounded. over 100,000. >> white house official, "any event with multiple explosive devide v device as this appears to be a clearly an act after terror." >> the most common injuries are bone and tissue injuries. >> they really don't have a direction one way or another as to who did this. >> we're watching this city bring its assets together. >> it is tuesday, april 16th. >> obviously the city is still in a state of shock. >> everyone wants to make implicati implications. we don't though. the white house doesn't know. >> in terms of suspects, right now there is no one in custody. >> heavy security today not only in boston. >> the president saying today this is being investigated as an act of terror. >> explosive devices containing ball bearings. >> they are crudely made. they appear to have been assembled inside a pressure cooker. >> we're just emerging now from the first 24 hours following that deadly bombing in the boston marathon. authorities are still on the scene there. take a look. they continue th
. president obama will travel to boston for a memorial service on thursday. the u.s. senate has shut its mail facility for the next couple days after authorities intercepted a letter sent to mississippi republican roger wicker. it was laced with the poison ricin. the letter was post marked from tennessee but had no return address. >>> here in london we are watching the funeral procession for the former british prime minister margaret thatcher. that funeral is due to begin in just about an hour's time at st. paul's cathedral. just outside our studios in london. ross westgate is not with me because he's outside of the cathedral. it looks as though they nearly have arrived. they still have an hour left to go. >> the hearse which you saw creeping behind the church there is just about a half mile away from st. paul's cathedral. it also pretty much marks the spot where the west end becomes the city of london or the city of london that's under the control of the corporation of the city of london. what will happen there is that the hearse will stop and lady thatcher's body and the coffin will be tran
their loved ones at the hospital. amazing. elizabeth cohen, thank you very much. president obama is cancelling his thursday morning meetings at the white house to travel here to boston to honor the victims of monday's marathon bombings. we have been told he will speak at an interfaith service here, speaking late yesterday morning at the white house calling this a cowardly terrorist act. >>> if you would like to help those affected by monday's devastating terrorist attack there is a way, cnn.com/impactyourworld. >> many people needing blood in boston specifically. stay with cnn for live continuing coverage of the boston marathon attack, including chilling new photos here of the explosive device that inflicted all this pain and suffering. who did it? why did they do it? many, many questions this early wednesday morning. >>> plus there is another very big developing story overnight. a letter addressed to a u.s. senator testing positive for the deadly poison ricin. where that investigation stands right now this morning. you're watching a special edition of "early start." lactose-free lactaid® it'
up nothing and he's not considered a suspect at this point. yesterday, president obama was direct in his characterization of the bombings. >> this was a heinous and cowardly act and given what we now know about what took place, the fbi is investigating it as an act of terrorism. any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror. we also know this. the american people refuse to be terrorized because what the world saw yesterday in the aftermath of the explosions were stories of heroism and kindness and generosity and love. exhausted runners who kept reasoning to the nearest hospital to give blood and some stayed to tend to the wounded and turning off their clothes to make tourniquets and the men and women who are still treating the wounded at some of the best hospitals in the world. so if you want to know who we are, what america is, how we respond to evil, that's it. selflessly, compassionately, unaffirmative. >> the death toll stands at three. more than 170 people injured. 71 of them still hospitalized and the injuries are -- we are looking at pictures
to be terrorized. >> reporter: when president obama asked us to stay vigilant in the wake of the attacks, he may not have foreseen this. bomb-sniffing dogs and robots working overtime. americans seeing something and saying something in droves. >> you feel safer by seeing it but brings it to the forefront of what could happen. >> reporter: a rash of suspicious packages called in to 911 tuesday. >> they located an abandoned box in the trash can that's suspicious in nature. it has wires coming out of it. >> reporter: a bomb-sniffing dog took out this hair dryer. in new jersey, an unattended bag shut down the pat train. police in new york city fielded 77 such reports in less than 24 hours, three times the norm. >> it would be easier if we just did pay attention, but if yesterday doesn't refresh your memory, i don't know what would. >> reporter: the epicenter of the jitters quite justifiably boston, where streets this morning are filled with armored vehicles, heavily armed cops and the national guard. at logan airport officials removed all passengers from a u.s. air flight because of concerns over a
have been charged with crimes, would not be eligible. >>> president obama will host south korea's newly elected first female president at the white house next month. they will observe the 60th anniversary of the alliance between the u.s. and south korea. also high on their agenda, efforts to counter the nuclear threat posed by north korea. >>> in venezuela, demand for a recount in the presidential election. ballots were ignored leading to an anti-government protest. the election results were certified. the winner by a razor thin margin less than one percentage point hand-picked by president late hugo chavez to carry on the separatist union. >>> following the boston bombings, scotland yard is beefing up the already extraordinary security measures they already put in place for margaret thatcher's funeral tomorrow. hundreds of military troops will be visible along the procession route through the streets of london. and with so many dignitaries that are expected to attend shortstops, including queen elizabeth and former prime minister, scotland yard is fine tuning its behind the scenes secu
and stephen flynn has been anned a vief to barack obama and george w. bush. jessica stern served 0 president clinton's national security council staff and is now at the harvard school of public health and bret stevens won a pulitzer prize for thiz excellent columns in the "wall street journal." thank you all. >> when you watched the response to what happened in boston, what were your thoughts in terms of our ability to handle these kinds of attacks. >> it was impressive and it drove home a core realism about the nature of dealing with terrorism attack when they manifest themselves. it is the bystanders, neighbors, supported by local fire department, police, emergency management folks and there's little question that americans took solace in the competence and compassion and the selflessness of people's response and that's an important message when we deal with this threat that we can handle it and bounce back quickly. that's also something that happened. i teach at northeast university. just a mile from where the attacks went off in copley square near the finish line. what was extraordinary
. most recently, the obama administration's stated that week are giving them $123 million, and the opposition stated they wanted more than that. how can we defeat them when we are supplying them? at the same time, we have issues like benghazi and helicopter that had a hard crash landing in south korea this week, and nobody has covered that at all. is west, texas connected to the boston marathon bombing? was that a cover-up so they could do what they wanted to do in west, texas? how much fertilizer was taken away before the explosion occurred? does anybody have any control over that? i just don't see how we can defeat al qaeda and terrorism if we continue to put everyone on frites welfare without giving any drug test and saying you have 30, 90 days to get on welfare and get off and get you a job, things like that. we just need to bring back our moral values and ethics and hold our politicians to a standa make em up and do what they said they would do. host: thanks for the call. we will let his comments stand, unless you want to respond to anything he said. fort: is not unco
. that's already the case in about half the states. the state of missouri and the obama administration wanted a blanket rule allowing the blood tests without a warrant. thousands of people in southwestern pakistan were homeless today-- 24 hours after a powerful earthquake rocked neighboring iran. at least 700 homes in the mashkel area of baluchistan province were reduced to rubble. some 35 pakistanis were killed in the quake, and another 150 were injured. the pakistani army said it deployed several hundred soldiers to the quake zone to bring much-needed humanitarian relief. in the middle east, islamist militants fired at least two rockets from egypt's sinai peninsula into southern israel, adding to growing security concerns there. they targeted the resort town of eilat. but police officials said there were no casualties. meanwhile, palestinians in the west bank and gaza marked prisoner day, urging israel to release palestinian detainees. they waved flags and carried pictures of some of the 4,500 palestinians in custody. new zealand became the 13th country in the world today -- and the
is sifting through as many as 2,000 tips and tens of thousands of videos and photographs. president obama will travel to boston tomorrow for an interfaith service to mourn and to pray. he called what happened terrorism. >> this was a han niehaus and cowardly act and given what we now now about what took place, the fbi is investigating it as an act of terrorism. anytime bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror. >> among the dead, 8-year-old martin richard, 29-year-old krystle campbell and the third victim is a boston university grad student from china whose parents asked her name not be made public. let's get to the latest with pete williams. i want to start with the two photos, the before and after of a bag next to a mailbox. how important are investigators thinking these could be? >> to be determined, i think. they are looking at this picture and similar pictures to see if that's how the bombs were placed. they're sort of contradictory photo evidence here about whether that's where they went because the after doesn't seem to show a lot of damage, but it's quite
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